What is CAT?

Common Admission Test or CAT is the national level management entrance exam conducted by Indian Institute of Management for admission to 20 IIMs and more than 100 B-schools across India. Around 2 lakh MBA aspirants take the test every year. CAT is a computer based test consisting multiple choice objective type questions from Quantitative Ability, V..Read More

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CAT Application Details

  • Candidates have to visit the official website to register by filling up personal information like name, date of birth, email address, country and mobile number.
  • Enter the captcha and click on ‘I Agree’ check box.
  • You will receive the login credentials – Login ID and Password through SMS and Email.
  • Login to the website by clicking on ‘Existing User’ tab.
  • Fill up the form with sections like Personal Details, Academics, Work Experience, Programmes.
  • Upload recent passport size photograph and signature in .jpg or .jpeg format, not exceeding 80 KB in the given dimensions, 35mm x 45mm for photograph and 80mm x 35mm for the signature.
  • NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD-DA category candidates have to upload requisite attested certificates.
  • Select the IIM and programmes for admission.
  • Select any four test cities in terms of preference.


CAT Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Abled (DA) category) awarded by any recognized University or institute.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate within the stipulated date.


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CAT Exam Pattern

Mode of Exam: Online
Exam Format: Objective
Number of Sections: Three
CAT Exam Section Number of TopicsNumber of QuestionsSection Score
Quantitative Ability
Logical Reasoning And Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension
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CAT Exam Centers

CAT exam will be held at 137 centers across the country

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CAT Counselling Details

  • Candidates are shortlisted by IIMs and other participating institutes on the basis of CAT Cutoff. Some IIMs also consider past academic performance, work experience etc.
  • The shortlisted candidates have to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT)/Group Discussion (GD)/Group Activity (GA)/Extempore Activities and Personal Interview rounds.
  • Final selection is made on the basis of the cumulative scores of CAT, WAT/GD-PI rounds and other factors like overall candidate profile including past academic records, work experience, extracurricular activities, gender and academic diversity.
  • Older IIMs and non-IIM B-schools conduct separate selection procedure in multiple locations.
  • The new IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) where WAT-PI rounds are conducted by the selection committee of the new IIMs. IIMs declare separate shortlists and final selection list but the selection process is common.



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aditya guru 6 hours ago

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Aditya GuruLast Seen: 1 hour 44 min agoJoined on: 30-May-2015Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: In Graduation

My details are 10th - 10 CGPA(CBSE) 12th - 97.40(RBSE) BSC(PCM) (SHEKHAWATI UNIVERSITY) - 75%.I want to ask about iim admission

The University from which I completed graduation has not much practical exposure I am very shy person not so much confidence and not so speaking guy. I have confidence atleast about it that I will sco... Read More

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Akshay Kadam Expert 3 hours ago

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Akshay KadamLast Seen: 2 hours 39 min agoJoined on: 03-Sep-2017Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Aditya listen to me carefully you have an excellent academic record and while selection in any of the IIMs they don't give any preference to the college from where you have been graduated. After ...Read More

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Muhammad SwalihLast Seen: 2 hours 6 min agoJoined on: 25-Apr-2018Education Interest: LawEducation Level: Graduate & Above

From where should I get answer key of cusat LLB 3 year , cat exam

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Shivani sharma 7 hours ago

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Shivani SharmaLast Seen: 3 hours 37 min agoJoined on: 08-Feb-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Hi Dear , according to me , the answer key will be released in may 2018 . the answer key has not released yet. i hope this much information is helpful for youfor more queries just contact wi...Read More

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m bhavya 1 day ago

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M BhavyaLast Seen: 1 day 29 min agoJoined on: 24-Apr-2018Education Interest: EngineeringEducation Level: Class 12

I will get 126 in jee mains. obc cat. can i get ece,eee,cse in nit

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ÑÍthesh 1 day ago

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ÑÍtheshLast Seen: 3 min 22 sec agoJoined on: 13-Apr-2016Education Interest: EngineeringEducation Level: In Graduation
hii Bhavyayeah !!with the above mentioned marks you have high possibility of getting the seat fro ECE,CSE,EEE but probabaly you may not get seat in top 3 NITs like Kragapur,Surathkal,..but you can get...Read More

Vinay 1 day ago

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VinayLast Seen: 7 hours 9 min agoJoined on: 21-Feb-2018Education Interest: EngineeringEducation Level: Class 12

I got 149 marks in jee mains(general cat). Can I get cse or ece in South nits?

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Manisha GuptaLast Seen: 1 hour 21 min agoJoined on: 08-Sep-2016Education Interest: MedicineEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Your expected Rank based on your score will be approximately between 25000 - 28000. You can register for B.tech companion to know your chances in NITs with previous year cut off by below link: https:/...Read More

Saket Gupta 1 day ago

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Saket GuptaLast Seen: 3 hours 50 min agoJoined on: 26-Nov-2017Education Interest: BBAEducation Level: Class 12

When to start preparing for CAT exam.

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Shivani SharmaLast Seen: 3 hours 37 min agoJoined on: 08-Feb-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Hi Dear, According to me , it is basically up to your capability. Because some students complete there preparation in few months and some take few years so it's up to you and we all know CAT is famou...Read More

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